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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Commercialization of New Industrial Crop Germplasm and Cropping Systems

Location: Plant Physiology and Genetics Research

Title: Imaging lipid droplets in Arabidopsis mutants

item James, Christopher
item Horn, Patricia
item Richardson, Charlene
item Gidda, Satinder
item Zhang, Daiyuan
item Mullen, Robert
item Dyer, John
item Anderson, Richard
item Chapman, Kent

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2010
Publication Date: 4/10/2010
Citation: James, C.N., Horn, P.J., Richardson, C.C., Gidda, S.K., Zhang, D., Mullen, R.T., Dyer, J.M., Anderson, R.G., Chapman, K.D. 2010. Imaging lipid droplets in Arabidopsis mutants. Annual Meeting of the Southern Section American Society of Plant Biologists, April 10 - 12, 2010, Knoxville, TN.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Confocal fluorescence microscopy was adapted for the imaging of neutral lipids in plant leaves with defects in normal lipid metabolism using two different fluorescent dyes. Disruptions in a gene locus, At4g24160, yielded Arabidopsis thaliana plants with a preponderance of oil bodies in their leaves similar to phenotypes of acyl-CoA oxidase mutants, acx1/acx2. The At4g24160 gene gives rise to two mRNA splice variants and each encode a protein with homology to the human CGI58 protein. Mutations in this gene in humans are associated with neutral lipid storage disorders that are characterized by the accumulation of lipid droplets in non-adipose tissues. The overproduction of lipid droplets in non-seed tissues may represent a metabolic compartment for maximizing the recovery of lipid-soluble biobased resources in vegetative agricultural materials.

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